Shock as woman Ballon d'Or asked to twerk on stage

Ada Hegerberg Ballon d'Or

Solveig sparked outrage when he seemingly asked Lyon striker and Norway worldwide Hegerberg to twerk on-stage after the 23-year-old became the first ever female victor of the award on Monday.

Monday was a historic day for women's football as Ada Hegerberg became the first woman to be awarded a Ballon d'Or , but the evening was dampened by an inappropriate comment from presenter Martin Solveig. "This was a joke, probably a bad one, and I want to apologise for the one I may have offended, sorry about that".

Solveig was criticized on social media after asking the 23-year-old striker, in French, during the presentation: "Do you know how to twerk?".

"I explained to [Ada Hegerberg] the buzz and she told me she understood it was a joke. Being a women's footballer and winning the Ballon d'Or tonight is a step for me to take that action, personally".

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Already, she set a tournament record with 15 Champions League goals last season - including in Lyon's 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg in the final. Why do women have still have to put up with that s**t?

The England defender, 27, told the BBC: 'Ada can twerk, she was lying. Following the spread of the clip, Solveig faced thousands of comments on Twitter calling for him to be "fired" and calling him a "sexist pig".

The Ballon d'Or has been given out every year since 1956.

British tennis star Andy Murray, who has previously spoken out about sexism in sports, voiced his support for Hegerberg. "I'd imagine something to do with football", said Andy Murray.

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Hegerberg, a Norwegian striker for Lyon's Olympique Lyonnais football team, beat the likes of England's Lucy Bronze to win the prize, but was left embarrassed while collecting the award from Martin Solveig, a French DJ, and the former French global footballer David Ginola.

The two-time Wimbledon victor and Olympic double gold medalist added: "And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke".

Solveig has since tendered his apology via Twitter saying: "Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended". "It was the most important people in my life - most of them, some of them were missing - but I am so happy to share this moment with them".

Luka Modric, a midfielder who plays for Croatia and Real Madrid, was named the top male player of 2018, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo's and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on the Ballon d'Or.

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"It's all about how we respect women's football. I think there are a lot of other subjects to discuss if we talk about sexual matters".

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